Services will be held at Shuda Funeral Chapel in Stevens Point, at noon Friday, Dec. 20, with Dwaine Habrat officiating. Burial will be at Linwood Cemetery in the town of Linwood with full military honors.
Visitation will be at the funeral chapel from 10 a.m. until the services.
Condolences may be offered online at www.shudafuneral.com.
Mr. Kinney was born Jan. 9, 1933, in Stevens Point, a son of the late Irving Maurice and Ina Marie Kinney.
He entered the U.S. Marine Corps Jan. 25, 1950, in Chicago, Ill. He served as a sergeant during the Korean War. He kept the original cease-fire documentation as he and his troops held the Berlin Hill when the conflict came to an end in July of 1953. All but four men in his platoon were killed in action, yet they held the hill without surrendering. He was honorably discharged Jan. 24, 1954.
After service he returned to Stevens Point.
He was married to Geraldine (Geri) Duda June 25, 1955.
He had several career adventures throughout his lifetime, including ownership of Dillon’s Tap, pipefitter for Consolidated Papers, representative for Midstate Distributors, sales representative for Gateway Liquor, Feltz Lumber, Security Fence and most recently with Duralum Siding (Central Wisconsin Wholesale).
He held several governmental positions in Portage County, including County Board supervisor, town of Linwood chairman and town of Linwood assessor.
Survivors include his wife; four sons, David (Leslie), Tom (Lori Shifflett), Gary (Renee) and Joe (Bonnie), all of Stevens Point; two daughters, Cheryl (Mark LaRoux) Szymanski, Stevens Point, and Carole (Terry) Benzschawel, Kronenwetter; 12 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by three brothers, Ferdinand, Richard and Clifton.